by Pierre Alferi

  • Theatre
  • Dance
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The 2017 archive

Fanny de Chaillé

Chambéry / Created in 2017

Grown-Ups is about the adult in relation to his childhood and adolescence. If time clouds the story, it is the poetry of separated bodies meeting again that prevails.

Grown-Ups © Christophe Raynaud de Lage


Grown-Ups is the story of a generation: that of adults now turning forty and looking back on their childhood and teenage years. On the stage for this adventure, three adult actors are each accompanied by a child and a teenager, for a total of three trios. Discussions and dance reveal their visions and their worlds, in which plans and relationships of scale can be seen as games, as systems that might allow us to understand equality differently. Three presences in time that react to and complete one another. If for choreographer Fanny de Chaillé Grown-Ups is the continuation of a work started with writer Pierre Alferi on individuals and their status, it is also the show where what matters most is the poetry of bodies reconnecting. How to build our identities as adults, without forgetting the children and teenagers we once were? “Everything here is layers and repercussions, and whether it is textual or choreographic, each and every score was written by the adult to be passed on to the child then to the teenager, through a system of resonance.” The stage is a mountain whose geological layers reveal those stages of life: failures, confrontations, joys, successes. To grow up is to confront those layers, those superposed slices of emotion and discourse, to understand where our bodies are situated.


Text Pierre Alferi
Design and direction Fanny de Chaillé
Song Dominique A / Sound Manuel Coursin
Stage design, costumes Nadia Lauro
Lights Willy Cessa
Assistant director Christophe Ives

With Margot Alexandre, Guillaume Bailliart, Grégoire Monsaingeon (Grown-Ups) Soline Baudet, Oscar Boiron, Félicien Fonsino (Teenagers)
and six children (alternately)


Production Display
Co-production Espace Malraux Scène nationale de Chambéry et de la Savoie, Bonlieu Scène nationale d'Annecy, Festival d'Avignon, La Comédie de Reims Centre dramatique national, Centre de développement chorégraphique de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées, Les Spectacles vivants Centre Pompidou (Paris), Festival d'Automne à Paris, Carré-Colonnes scène métropolitaine (Saint-Médard-en-Jalles et Blanquefort), Le Parvis Scène nationale de Tarbes-Pyrénées
With the support of Drac Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Centre national de la danse (Pantin), Carreau du Temple (Paris), Théâtre Ouvert (Paris), and for the 71st édition of the Festival d'Avignon : Fondation BNP Paribas
Studio hosting Centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie
With kind permission of Cinq7/Wagram Music

Parler (Répète, Coloc, Les Grands) by Pierre Alferi is published by Editions P.O.L.

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